“Welcome to Kazakhstan!” Those were the first words I heard in Central Asia – spoken with a big smile at passport control in Almaty airport, just seconds before midnight on the last day of June. Central Asia, what made me choose such an odd destination, you ask? Well, this blog is about the world’s curious […]
If it weren’t for Snorri Sturluson, we wouldn’t know very much about the Vikings. The famous poet and sagateller was from Reykholt in Western Iceland. Appropriate then, that you’ll find nature steeped in stories near his farm Snorrastofa. Hraunfossar (meaning lava falls) streams out of Hallmundarhraun, a lava field created by a volcanic eruption from […]
“Wir sind das Volk!” That was the Leipzig war cry during those world changing weeks in the autumn of 1989: “We are the people!” On 9 October 1989, 70 000 people gathered in Leipzig. This is where it all began, the Peaceful Revolution that ended one month later with the earth shattering fall of the Berlin Wall […]
Dresden is only two hours away from Berlin by train, but do try to find time to spend at least one night in this beautiful Saxon city. Here are 11 reasons why: 1. Altstadt (Old Town) and Brühlsche Terrasse Until World War II, Dresden was considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Sadly, it was […]
Gaping holes, pitch black squares and rectangles, glare at me as I approach. And shades of grey. So many shades, many more than 50. Here and there interrupted by patches of rusty red. The abandoned, derelict ruin is all that is left of this once luxurious hotel at Bokor Hill Station. When I hear the […]
Behind Martin Luther and the Reformation was a strong woman, Katharina von Bora. Come with me and explore their legacy in Dresden, Leipzig and Torgau.
An Auschwitz-Birkenau tour is a bit like being guided through an industrial site. And in a sense, it was. Mass murder on an industrial scale. What’s unfathomable is how many believed this was right.